Snake Oil. Errr, Cod Liver Oil
To Maternity… and Beyond! Chelsea Day has tried a lot of things on her quest to get pregnant for the third time... and cod liver oil was by far the worst.
How long we’ve been trying: 288 days
Number of pregnancy tests to date: 28
How many times we’ve had sex: 82
The strategy: Think outside the vial
In my quest to get pregnant a third time, I have done a lot of strange things. I’ve eaten weird stuff, taken over-the-counter and prescription medications and changed my exercise habits. I’ve doled out money for massages and herbal solutions and consultations of varying forms. I’ve waddled, learned the downward dog and done head stands!
Somewhere along the line, someone suggested I try fermented cod liver oil. “My grandma used to use cod liver oil for everything! She’d give it to us when we were sick, she’d rub it on scratches and sunburns. They say the fermented kind is particularly good at boosting fertility.”
I decided to give it a go. Why not? I’ve tried everything else and it couldn’t hurt. I fired up my Amazon account and ordered the purest, most expensive bottle of fermented cod liver oil I could find. I’m doing this in the name of science, guys.
The package arrived and my husband and I “ooooh”-ed and “aaaaaah”-ed over this fancy elixir. It was thick, dark and oily, almost like a cross between teriyaki sauce and apple cider vinegar. My husband was excited to try it because he and I are both into traditional foods and our research showed us that it was heavily used by his Nordic ancestors.
We popped off the cap, poured ourselves two big spoonfuls, swallowed and…gagged.
And gagged some more.
Then, we spent several hours eating everything in our cabinets to try and make the horrible, slippery, syruppy, fishy taste get out of our throats.
He gave up after the first day. I stuck with it for a couple weeks, determined to give it a fair try and see if this was the miracle fertility elixir it’s said to be. For those wondering how I managed to get it down, it helps to swallow a spoonful of honey afterwards. But oh my God… the side effects. Heartburn, diarrhea, cramping. Cod liver oil on its own isn’t said to cause negative reactions, but the fermenting and bottling process can introduce histamines that certain people don’t respond well to. I am one of those people.
It is the worst stuff I’ve ever tasted and… guess what? No baby. For me, it’s not worth it to put myself through this every day in a process that is ultimately just a painful, disgusting reminder that I’m having trouble getting pregnant again.
Apparently, they also make fermented cod liver oil capsules, which might make the experience a little less awful than shoveling raw spoonfuls of foul liquid into your mouth. However, some expert research on the subject indicates that straight oil is a better way to absorb cod liver. It’s certainly more cost-effective—this stuff is not cheap! Either way, I’m over it.
Next on my list is acupuncture.
I’m terrified of needles.
Read More of To Maternity…and Beyond!
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN